After the news that perpetual 90s goths The Cure are pipped to headline 2019’s Vivid Live festival at the Sydney Opera House, the website for the exclusive shows has crumpled under the pressure of masses of what we can assume to be former-goth dads trying to elbow their way into the ballot.
Celebrating the 30 year anniversary of their huge album Disintergration, the chance to see Robert Smith and co. playing tracks like ‘Pictures Of You‘ and ‘Lovesong‘ has clearly hit the sweet spot for many Cure fans, entirely overwhelming the Sydney Opera House’s website and leaving thousands of people stuck in a weird queue limbo while things get sorted out.
If anyone wants the cure tix, Sydney Opera House website has crashed. 😂 pic.twitter.com/dOZXaIo1c2
— Tamara May 👑 (@citylightsTAM) February 18, 2019
The sheer power of thousands of thirty-somethings trying in vain to get their teased-up bed hair in the presence of Robert Smith is clearly too much for some poor IT worker at the Opera House today.
Once the Opera House site booted back into gear, those looking to enter into the ballot found themselves in another online limbo while the queue site sorted its shit out. It’s currently sitting at well over 2000 people and over an hour waiting time, just to put your name down.
Standing in line to stand in a bigger ballot to maybe buy tickets to see The Cure. Mad. pic.twitter.com/sJzwTo5clA
— Matt Hopkins (@mopkins88) February 18, 2019
Your IT guys need to plan for this better – not hard to spin up some extra servers… this queue just to go into the ballot?? pic.twitter.com/G4Rl4a9Nng
— valerio veo (@ValerioVeo) February 18, 2019
The Sydney Opera House team has assured fans that the ballot is not a first-in-best-dressed vibe, closing on Sunday night. Ballot winners will be picked at random and will be sent a link to purchase tickets, so there’s no need to all try and cram in there at once. Chill out, take your time. Do it tomorrow. (Set a reminder alarm.)
The response to the announce this morning was incredibly strong, resulting in the ballot system being paused for 4 minutes but is now up and running again.
We chose The Cure as the ballot act for Vivid LIVE 2019 as we expected high levels of demand and wanted to ensure patrons have the best opportunity to register for tickets. There’s a six day window in which to apply for tickets, closing Sunday 24 February at 11:59pm AEDT – so plenty of time to sign up. All successful applicants are chosen at random and not dependent on when you sign up to the ballot.
It’ll be the first time that The Cure have performed in Australia since their visit for Splendour In The Grass back in 2016, and if that multiple-hour, 44-song long set is anything to go by, these shows will be a hell of a performance.
You can sign up for the ballot on the Sydney Opera House site over HERE, but uh maybe wait till tomorrow.